Lawmakers OK new district lines for legislature, Congress

Posted July 25, 2011
Updated July 26, 2011

— The House and Senate on Monday took up reworked district boundaries for themselves and the state's congressional representatives.

The Senate voted along party lines for a map that observers say would give Republicans an edge in 10 of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts. The state now has seven Democrats and six Republicans in the U.S. House.

The plan still needs to be approved by the state House and cleared by either the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal judge. At least one lawsuit challenging its adherence to minority-voting rights also is expected.

Democrats argue the boundaries in the Republican-drawn maps are illegal because they situate too many black voters in districts to reduce their overall political influence. Democrats have offered alternative maps.

Senators also approved the map for the 50 Senate districts Monday evening along party lines. Meanwhile, in a vote in which a couple of members crossed party lines, the House approved the map for the 120 House districts. It still needs Senate and federal approval.


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 27, 2011

    Good job Repubs! Keep up the good work!

  • heelsrule Jul 26, 2011

    The Democrates have been doing this (redrawing the maps) for decades and there hasn't been an uproar like this. To the victor go the spoils. Stop acting like 3 year olds and get back to business.

  • elcid liked Ike Jul 26, 2011

    Let the lawsuits begin ...

  • BrightLight Jul 26, 2011

    North Carolina Home--It was absolutely dripping with sarcasm, which I have been accused of(and rightly so) exhibiting on a regular basis.

  • rkagarise Jul 26, 2011

    Dems have done this for years. They had their chance and have almost destroyed this state. Now that the Republicans have a chance to fix things, the Dems are going to fight it. They are going to spend more of our dollars for politics. Shameful!!!!

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 26, 2011

    A judge will straighten it out. As for the next election, base on what I'm hearing and reading, there will be surprise for both party when the voice of the independants are heard.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jul 26, 2011

    Newsflash to stanch Democrats; this is just the beginning. Just wait until the 2012 elections.

    Obama is toast and Perdue is yesterday's news.

  • batricia1 Jul 26, 2011

    let s make this esay there are 100 counties 13 seats get 7 and half counties, 50 seats 2 counties per district 120 each county has a seat and the 20 biggest countys get 2 seats

  • North Carolina Home Jul 26, 2011

    """The Democrats were nonpartisan about it...the Democrats may be FORCED to be partisan when the voters return them topower""" BrightLight

    Now this is funny...you were being sarcastic, weren't you?

  • Worland Jul 26, 2011

    The Dems wanted Obama instead of Hillary, and they got spanked in the mid-term election as a result. No use crying over it. Obama's a dud and you're paying for your lack of vision.